EBOOK Whenever Im with You

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Whenever Im with You
  • Lydia Sharp
  • en
  • 05 November 2019
  • 9781338047493

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Lydia Sharp ñ 4 Read Read & Download Whenever Im with You Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Er his emotional distance uickly turns to serious concern This is the boy who saved her from the dark She can't lose him to itSo Gabi and Hunter agree to head out together on a wild journey north a trip that will challenge them physically and emotionally as they try to convince the boy they love to return hom. Book reviewer Debbie Reese has already addressed some of the cultural concerns that plagued me when I was reading this book set in Alaska In some respects it seems to me that the author has gone to great pains to show just how naive and culturally unaware the book s protagonist is Not only is she unaware of her own culture and her feelings but she is disdainful not deliberately so but still it is there of anything that is different from the familiar world with which she has surrounded herself She has been reared with the understanding that money can solve just about any problem All of this is part of who she is at the time of the novel When she tries akuta for the first time her disdainful reaction once she learns that it is essentially berry sweetened animal fat is somewhat akin to that of someone trying pig s feet or grits two Southern dishes that do not have a universal appeal or even boiled crawfish or mudbugs in south Louisiana Readers might want to consider how offensive it would be to have an outsider denigrate foods that are beloved in certain cultures Still her reaction seems to be absolutely what I would expect from someone new to this food Despite some of the cultural bumps in the road that readers will encounter the story itself concerns Gabi who moves with her father to rural Alaska after her parents marriage implodes Her actress mother s celebrity and notoriety have prompted the two of them to get lost in a place far from LA s crowds Gabi falls in love with Kai but as the seasons start to change he seems increasingly distracted When he disappears his twin brother Hunter decides that Kai is attempting to trace their father s last steps in the wilderness area north of Anchorage Because a blizzard is on its way Gabi and Hunter need to warn him or bring him home But will they be too late I found myself caught up in their journey even though the likelihood that they would stop at a cafe with a waitress willing to help them out and connect them to someone with a plane seemed pretty absurd But then again I ve never lived in Alaska so who knows Along the way both Hunter and Gabi will be tested as they battle the weather and face threats from the wilderness Although I can understand Gabi s concerns for Kai and his need to have his uestions about his father s possible whereabouts answered since everyone needs closure I was surprised that someone who grew up in the area would take such risks Still despite the book s flaws including an encounter with a bear and Kai s and Gabi s need for counseling to deal with their separate issues concerning their parents many teen readers will be riveted by this survival tale set in a part of the country that isn t often featured in YAL While some relationships are worth taking risks others certainly may not be I recommend reading this one for its adventures and the growth of Gabi herself but taken with a big dollop of cynicism on the side Even the cover itself is a bit misleading since it shows a couple sharing a milkshake while plotting out a journey on a map Things would have been a lot less dramatic if that was how things went down here instead Kai drops vague hints about where he s going and then takes off Too bad he didn t do this earlier in the year when it was safer Reading this book only made me fearful about ever veering from the beaten path if I happen to visit Alaska

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Lydia Sharp ñ 4 Read Read & Download Whenever Im with You Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Nter approaches Kai pulls away for seemingly no reason at all He's uiet withdrawn Then one day he disappearsKai’s twin brother Hunter believes Kai is retracing their missing father’s steps in the wilderness north of Anchorage There’s a blizzard on the way and Kai is alone out there Gabi's frustration ov. What I was expecting based on cover A cute swoony story about two teenagers falling in love while on a journey to save someone What I got ALASKA IS DANGEROUS My reaction wut

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Lydia Sharp ñ 4 Read Read & Download Whenever Im with You Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook A missing boy A road trip into the Alaskan wilderness A week that will change everythingAfter Gabi’s parents’ divorce she moves from California to Alaska with her dad At first it feels like banishment until she meets Kai He welcomes her into his life sharing his family his friends and his warmth But as wi. An Alaska Native reader who is Tlingit wrote to me Debbie Reese at American Indians in Children s Literature to share concerns with Sharpe s book As regular readers of AICL may recall I get email from people who prefer not to be identified Some worry about backlash on them or their children I respect their reuests and am grateful for their careful readings of children s and young adult booksThe Tlingit reader s concerns are as follows1 Ambiguity of Native CharactersThe two brothers in Whenever I m With You are identified as having a Tlingit father and a Canadian mother but no further information is provided Are they enrolled What part of Alaska is their father from Were the two brothers raised outside their Tlingit community and therefore don t know enough about it to say than they do The idea of them being Tlingit is so lacking in detail to support it that they could be Haida or a different Alaska Native tribeBecause there is so little there they could even be white and it would make no difference in the story An example of them sounding white is in the way they speak about hunting It doesn t sound the way Native Alaskans talk about hunting2 Degrading and Exotic Attitude towards Native CultureThe main character in the story is Latina She s wealthy Throughout she is snobby and says negative and degrading things One example is the passage about akuta Gabi and Hunter are at a restaurant He digs in to his dish of chunky fluff Here s an extended excerpt of that part from p 80 81 start of excerpt What is that I askHe swallows Something you should tryIt must be made of dog lips or something Don t avoid the uestion All right I ll tell you what this is but only after you take a bite Are you willing to trust me that it won t kill you That you might even like itWhat doesn t kill us makes us stronger right At least that s what Kelly Clarkson says And if Hunter can eat it without gagging it can t be that bad I scoop out a spoonful and force it into my mouth It s sweet The chunky part is definitely some kind of berry And the rest of it has a consistency similar to Mousse I mean the dessert kindHeadshake It s called akuta Do you like itI wouldn t say like But I wouldn t say hate either I take one bite and push the rest of it away That s than enough sugar for me Okay I tried it Now what s in itWhipped fat and berriesHe can t be serious Like animal fatYeah And berriesBut it s fatAnd berries he repeats smiling clearly enjoying my display of culture shockThe berries are only there to make it taste good Because it s fat How is this a real thing people pay to eat How does he not understand this is gross It s flavored FatAnd it s good He scrapes the last of his out of the dish Even you said it wasn t badThat s not the pointHunter s laugh comes out in spurts like he s trying to hold it in and concentrate on important bodily functions like chewing and swallowing and not spewing his akuta all over the table Although it probably wouldn t look much different in vomit form end of excerpt The Tlingit reader who wrote to me is offended by the comparison of akuta to vomit and imagines other Alaska Native readers would be offended by it too The reader wonders if by way of passages like that readers are supposed to dislike Gabi and her negative impressions of Alaska Native land people and culture The reader further says that these passages mark the book as one NOT meant for Alaska Native readers Another example of the author not considering an Alaska Native reader is where Alaskan lands are described as a giant expanse of nothingWhile in some places Gabi seems to like some aspects of Alaska Native culture it comes off in a fetishizing way like when Gabi wonders if a bear is her spirit animal p 161 start of excerpt Maybe it s my imagination but I think the bear is looking right at me Right into me My heart thumps hard in my chest my head my ears my throat I feel it everywhere But this thing I m feeling isn t scared I don t know what it is Exposed maybe Vulnerable Or trust I m putting my absolute trust in this creature not to charge and attack me That has to be it trust in its purest form and the realization calms me Tension falls away like I m shedding a heavy coat For the first time ever I let go of my control of a situation without feeling out of controlTotal serenity From a bearIt lazily turns its head back to the river and soon we re riding off every second giving us and distance from a possible threat The moment is gone but the impact of it stays with me all the way to Jack Randy s houseEven if I had been paying attention to how we got here instead of contemplating whether the brown bear is my spirit animal I couldn t find this place again if I had to end of excerpt Debbie s responseI ll order the book but I can say right now that my notes and analysis will likely look exactly like what you ve read above Note the uotes above are from what I saw in the book using s look inside and the preview in Google BooksSpirit animalWho I wonder was the editor at Scholastic There are times when I think Scholastic is just a bit ahead of the field in terms of offering readers books with better representations of Native peoples and then they publish books like this one